From the Brooklyn Paper:
A first-time developer is planning to build what would be the tallest luxury condo tower on Greenpoint’s waterfront — but he’s going to need a “radical” change in zoning to get it done.
Jonathan Bernstein’s proposed Cesar Pelli-designed 47-story tower, with a 20-story sister building, cannot be built on his India Street lot under current zoning without demapping a portion of India Street and some of Java Street as well.
Without the demapping, Bernstein would be allowed to build a 40-story building and a 30-story secondary tower — but both would be much less dense and, therefore, less lucrative.
Ward Dennis, the chairman of Community Board 1’s land-use committee, called Bernstein’s plan “a beautifully designed project,” but said he was concerned about how radically the zoning would be altered to accommodate it.
Current zoning allows a total density of 660,000 square feet. Bernstein’s project surpasses that by almost 35 percent.
“The big thing is the question of density,” Dennis told The Brooklyn Paper. “How many people can the G train handle? How many people can the community handle at its schools? Where will all these services come from?”
Now is this guy asking such unimportant questions? We've never cared about these things before. Just build, build, build!
What the hell is the purpose of zoning anyway?